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500,000 people sought help at Thriveworks in the last year

Discover how starting alcohol addiction counseling can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

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Starting Alcohol addiction counseling

What is Alcohol addiction counseling?

Alcohol addiction counseling in Cumming can help people manage their urges to consume alcohol. In addition, it can help people manage the challenges that stem from their addiction from relationship issues to problems at work as well as those that their addiction may stem from like trauma.

How does Alcohol addiction counseling work?

Alcohol addiction counseling works by helping one understand the underlying causes of their addiction, teaching them coping strategies, and recognizing their specific triggers. Long-term or ongoing alcohol addiction counseling can also help to prevent relapse.

Is Alcohol addiction counseling conducted in person or online?

Alcohol addiction counseling from our therapists in Cumming, GA is conducted both in person and online by video. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does Alcohol addiction counseling last?

The length of alcohol addiction counseling with our providers at Thriveworks in Cumming, GA depends on the individual's needs as well as the extent and severity of their addiction as well as the problems that might stem from it. That said, people can make meaningful progress in alcohol addiction counseling in the first weeks to months.

Need more help deciding?

Have you ever had this experience or one like it? Before hitting the bar, you told yourself that you would only have two drinks. That’s a sensible amount of alcohol, but once the drinks started to flow, you lost count. You told yourself that it’s ok to unwind after a difficult week and that next time, you will not drink more than you should. No doubt. But maybe there is doubt in your head that how you have been drinking recently is normal…or that you can stop when you need to stop.

Many people incorporate alcohol into a healthy lifestyle. Many people also become addicted to alcohol or abuse it. What’s the difference between healthy and unhealthy alcohol use? Skilled counselors have helped many people determine whether they may be forming an alcohol addiction or abusing it.

Thriveworks Cumming, GA’s therapists can assess their clients’ alcohol use and form a treatment plan to addresses any harmful habits.

Alcoholism: What It Is

Alcoholism is the more common name for alcohol use disorder—a disease that affects brain balance. When someone struggles with alcoholism, the chemical that makes them feel pleasure when they drink increases while chemical that controls impulses abates. The result is that people lose control of their alcohol consumption.

Alcoholics, people who have alcohol use disorder, may compulsively drink, be unable to control their drinking, and/or experience depressed or negative emotions when they do not have a drink.

Alcoholism has to do with a loss of control, and control can come in degrees. Therefore, alcohol use disorder has mild, moderate, and severe forms. There are also ways to use alcohol that are abusive or injuries but do not involve loss of control and, therefore, alcoholism.

When people struggle with alcohol use disorder may exhibit one of more of the following behaviors:

  • Hiding or lying about their alcohol consumption
  • Drinking alone
  • Prioritizing drinking over friends, work, family, and hobbies
  • Feeling annoyed or angry when unable to drink
  • Craving alcohol
  • Experiencing relational, employment, monetary, or legal problems because of alcohol use
  • Drinking more to feel the same buzz or good feelings
  • Vomiting, sweating, or shaking when unable to drink

Alcoholism and Other Health Problems

Alcoholism, in itself, is an important health problem, but alcohol can also cause other health troubles as it is in a person’s blood stream. Some of the health complications associated with alcoholism include …

  • Gastritis
  • Birth defects
  • Liver disease
  • Damaged pancreas
  • Stroke
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • High blood pressure
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes complications
  • Sight damage
  • Osteoporosis

Recovery for Alcoholism

While alcoholism can be a devastating disease, there are effective treatment plans. For many people, reaching out for help from a therapist is the first step toward recovery. Therapists often use a multi-faceted approach. They may use one or more of the following strategies to increase their clients’ chances at recovery from alcoholism.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
When therapists use CBT, they seek out the underlying reasons for the alcohol use disorder. Counseling may explore when people first used alcohol, why they used, how they used it. Any negative beliefs or thoughts that contribute to the addiction may be replaced with positive, true ones through CBT.

Group Therapy
Group therapy or some form of a support group often plays a vital role as people recovery from alcoholism. These groups often give people the empathy and the accountability they need to reach sobriety. Therapists often include a support group or a form of group therapy within their treatment plan.

Medication
At times, medication may help people as they recover from alcoholism and pursue sobriety. Any medicinal treatment for alcohol addiction should always be overseen by a qualified therapist or physician.

Appointments for Alcoholism Recovery

Has alcohol become a problem in your life? Are you concerned but not sure what to do next? Would you like some help as you decide how to take on those concerns? The therapists at Thriveworks Cumming, GA get it. We have appointments available for alcoholism recovery and are ready to support you on your journey toward more control over the alcohol you consumer.

It may be good to know that if you call our office to schedule an appointment, we aim to care for you from the moment you dial. A few thing you can expect when calling our office …

  1. A scheduling specialist will answer.
  2. You may be able to see your therapist the next day.
  3. We offer evening and weekend appointments.
  4. We accept many forms of insurance.

Alcoholism can devastate people’s lives. Getting help sooner may save you and your loved one more heartache. Help is available. Call Thriveworks Cumming, GA today.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Cumming therapists and counselors accept 22 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Community Health Options

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

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Self-pay costs at Cumming
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

Includes individual, couples, child/ teen, & family therapy

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Hear from our clients

5.0 Thriveworks Cumming reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
Nicole’s super power is relatability and her ability to empathize while assisting through to healing. She can transform pain into hope and peace.
Read more Nicole’s super power is relatability and her ability to empathize while assisting through to healing. She can transform pain into hope and peace.
Cumming Jul 2020
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★★★★★
Hannah is an incredible therapist. She has a unique ability to cut through the layers quickly and efficiently. She is wise beyond her years for sure!
Read more Hannah is an incredible therapist. She has a unique ability to cut through the layers quickly and efficiently. She is wise beyond her years for sure!
Cumming Jul 2020
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★★★★★
Dr. Cindy Armstrong is an outstanding therapist/counselor with extraordinary skills. She is very professional and highly regarded by patients and her colleagues. She is very knowledgeable in the field of counseling, intelligent, patient centered, smart, dedicated, efficient and one of the most ethical professionals I know. She is a hard worker and never stops until the job is successfully completed. Dr. Armstrong is a stellar performer and an asset to any practice or organization. It is without any reservations that I delightfully complete this statement of recommendation!
Read more Dr. Cindy Armstrong is an outstanding therapist/counselor with extraordinary skills. She is very professional and highly regarded by patients and her colleagues. She is very knowledgeable in the field of counseling, intelligent, patient centered, smart, dedicated, efficient and one of the most ethical professionals I know. She is a hard worker and never stops until the job is successfully completed. Dr. Armstrong is a stellar performer and an asset to any practice or organization. It is without any reservations that I delightfully complete this statement of recommendation!
Cumming Jan 2020
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★★★★★
Mental health is a profession that requires high integrity and strong moral character. Mental health professionals must demonstrate the ability to make sound moral decisions for themselves and for their clients. Having known and work with Cynthia Armstrong for nine years I can unquestionably say that she possess and consistently exercise these qualities. She is an exceptional and loyal team member that is always eager to provide support and share professional knowledge with peers. She is always reliable, responsible and extremely respectable. Ms. Armstrong patient and practitioner relationships are based upon therapeutic alliances. Her professional knowledge, competence and skills as paramount as she is constantly abreast of current treatment modalities through continuing educations and training.
Read more Mental health is a profession that requires high integrity and strong moral character. Mental health professionals must demonstrate the ability to make sound moral decisions for themselves and for their clients. Having known and work with Cynthia Armstrong for nine years I can unquestionably say that she possess and consistently exercise these qualities. She is an exceptional and loyal team member that is always eager to provide support and share professional knowledge with peers. She is always reliable, responsible and extremely respectable. Ms. Armstrong patient and practitioner relationships are based upon therapeutic alliances. Her professional knowledge, competence and skills as paramount as she is constantly abreast of current treatment modalities through continuing educations and training.
Cumming Dec 2019
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★★★★★
Cindy is an amazing therapist among many of her talents. I had the privilege of observing her work and the impact she had on our adolescent population and their families. Thriveworks is truly fortunate to have Cindy as part of their clinical team.
Read more Cindy is an amazing therapist among many of her talents. I had the privilege of observing her work and the impact she had on our adolescent population and their families. Thriveworks is truly fortunate to have Cindy as part of their clinical team.
Cumming Dec 2019
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★★★★★
Nichole is a compassionate therapist that is able to challenge individuals to be the best version of themselves.
Read more Nichole is a compassionate therapist that is able to challenge individuals to be the best version of themselves.
Cumming Dec 2019
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★★★★★
I have worked with Nichole for about two years and experienced the impact she has had on peoples lives. Such a kind person, and really makes you feel comfortable and non-judged. It’s hard to find someone who you are comfortable talking to and just being a co-worker of hers, I found myself looking forward to our talks.
Read more I have worked with Nichole for about two years and experienced the impact she has had on peoples lives. Such a kind person, and really makes you feel comfortable and non-judged. It’s hard to find someone who you are comfortable talking to and just being a co-worker of hers, I found myself looking forward to our talks.
Cumming Dec 2019
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★★★★★
I would like to recommend therapist Jennifer Butzen as an awesome counselor who cares about the well being of her clients passionately. I have known Jennifer for some years and seen her grow as a therapist and simply love her style of counseling and working with her clients. She is goals oriented, frank, and trust able. She does amazing job seeing teenagers and understanding their issues and helping them finding their directions and goals.
Read more I would like to recommend therapist Jennifer Butzen as an awesome counselor who cares about the well being of her clients passionately. I have known Jennifer for some years and seen her grow as a therapist and simply love her style of counseling and working with her clients. She is goals oriented, frank, and trust able. She does amazing job seeing teenagers and understanding their issues and helping them finding their directions and goals.
Cumming May 2019
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Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Cumming is located on Southard Trace off of Castleberry Rd. We are next door to Skin By Design, and share a building with 400 North Sports Massage, Farmers Insurance, and Krixi Corporation. Caddyshack Golf Carts of Georgia is directly behind us. If you have trouble finding our office or have any questions about how to get here, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Phone number

(770) 824-3025

Languages spoken by GA providers

  • English
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